Many people do not consider the right to property a human right. Property rights are more often seen as a source of controversy. Even experts sometimes doubt the human rights character of the right to property. Is property a human right, if the state can deprive you of your property? To what extent can the state interfere with a human right such as the right to property? Is the right to property an essential right for all human beings? In that case, should all enjoy a minimum amount of property?
This study intends to contribute to improved understanding of the right to property as a human right. It analyses the characteristics of the right to property. It tries to answer the question as to what extent the right to property is a social human right.
The study concludes that the right to property is still a complex right, but much less controversial than in the past. Like all other human rights, the right to property entails state obligations to secure that, as much as possible, everyone can enjoy property rights. The right to property cannot be seen in isolation from other human rights such as the right to equality and the right to an effective remedy or to fair trial. The right to property is an important human right for everyone.
Chapter I. Introduction (p. 1)
Chapter II. Property rights in international law (p. 33)
Chapter III. State practices (p. 131)
Chapter IV. Property a human right (p. 167)
Chapter V. Property a social human right (p. 219)
Chapter VI. Selected topics (p. 295)
Chapter VII. Property in a globalising world (p. 359)
Annexes (p. 375)
Index (p. 439)
Curriculum vitae (p. 445)
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